2 local bases impacted by military beef recall

May 16, 2008 11:38:06 AM PDT
Beef sold at some military bases around the country - including two bases in New Jersey - may have be contaminated with E. coli. The Defense Department has issued a voluntary recall on all 85 percent lean ground beef sold at Fort Monmouth, the Lakehurst Navy base and eight other stores around the country.

In a statement issued Thursday, the military suggested that anyone who bought the meat this month should throw it away or return it for a full refund.

The department issued the recall after conducting lab tests on beef from one supplier.

The recall also affects the military's stores in Great Lakes, Ill.; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Bolling Air Force Base, D.C.; Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn.; Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.; Fort Carson, Colo.; and Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

E. coli can cause potentially deadly diarrhea and dehydration. The elderly and the young are particularly prone to the food-borne disease.


On the Net:

Defense Commissary Agency: www.commissaries.com.